Mud, Mud, And More Mud

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 022024
 

The weatherman didn’t lie Thursday night when he said we had more rain coming our way. It started to come down around midnight and poured most of the night, accompanied by occasional thunder. By morning all the raw dirt in our backyard and pasture from laying the new septic field lines was a sea of […]

Always Busy

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 212024
 

Between getting the generator installed, repairing and upgrading the septic system, working on my new book, and everything else that life throws our way, it seems like we’re always busy. Terry has been eager to get back to weaving, and the last couple of days she has been working on getting her loom set up […]

The Drought Is Over

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 062024
 

Most of Alabama has been suffering from a severe drought for months now, but I’m pretty sure that’s over after the last two weeks. Between the heavy rains we got the last week of January and more rain on Sunday, with accumulations of two to three inches or more both times, and another storm that […]

A Hint Of Spring?

 Posted by at 1:23 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 272024
 

After a couple of days of almost nonstop rain, we had blue sky and pleasant temperatures yesterday. I was pleased to see that our backyard, which at first looked like it was just as saturated as it had been before we had the French drains and the regrading done, was looking much better because so […]

Coming Down In Buckets

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 252024
 

It hasn’t just been raining here for the last 24 hours, it’s been coming down in buckets. Big buckets! The storm system making its way across the country brought so much rain to our area of west-central Alabama that I’m pretty sure our drought must be over, or at least close to it. We had […]

Keeping Busy

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 192023
 

After our day in town on Friday, we stayed busy at home yesterday. After a light breakfast of mixed berries and a half bagel each, I spent an hour or so answering emails. One was from an old friend who lives in Minnesota, telling me that she was not ready for their long, cold winter […]

Four-Legged Compass

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 202023
 

Some of you may think I spend my life writing mystery novels and playing on my tractor, but that’s far from the truth. I’m a multifaceted person who is interested in all kinds of things, believe it or not. I’m always finding some weird rabbit hole to go down when I’m browsing online, and sometimes […]

A Productive Day

 Posted by at 12:50 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 312023
 

Yesterday turned out to be a very productive day for us, even in ways we did not expect. The day started out just as hot and humid as it has been. When I let Alli out to go potty about 7:30 I could already feel the heat starting to build. We sure are glad we […]

Jun 242023
 

Yesterday was a good writing day for me and I managed to get about 3,000 more words done in my new Big Lake book. And as happens so many times, the characters threw me a curveball and took the story off in a whole new direction from where I thought it was going. That’s why […]

I’m Living A Lie

 Posted by at 12:05 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 052023
 

Yes, I write about fictional towns and people in my mystery novels, but it turns out that my life is fiction, too. At least according to the people at UPS. A week ago I ordered a toothbar for my tractor’s loader bucket. They are steel “teeth” that bolt onto the bottom edge of the bucket […]

A 5K Day

 Posted by at 12:56 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 172022
 

No, I don’t mean one of those days where you dress up in spandex and join a bunch of people running and getting sweaty. I sweat enough just sitting still, and seeing my fat rear-end in spandex would not be a pretty picture. Running? If I really have to, I can manage a fast waddle, […]

The Squeaky Wheel

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 202021
 

Yes, the squeaky wheel does eventually get greased. But sometimes, it has to squeak loud and long before that happens. In a blog post a couple of weeks ago titled Stair Rails And Carpet Woes, I told you that we have been unhappy with the carpet we had installed in our house three years ago. […]

A Correcting Day

 Posted by at 12:18 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 142021
 

In Monday’s blog I admitted to being a slacker because I had fallen a bit short of my 5,000 word writing goal for Sunday, and that I hoped to make up for it that day. I guess I did because I knocked out a little over 7,700 words in my new Big Lake book by […]

Jul 012021
 

I wrote in Wednesday’s blog that I didn’t get any writing done that day, but I made up for it yesterday. I started out fixing the plot hole in my new Big Lake book that I mentioned in Wednesday’s blog, and then I started cranking out words. I had a good writing (actually narrating) day, […]

Sep 162019
 

Well, I said I was going to do it and I did. I sat down at my computer yesterday and started working my way toward the end of my new book, Dead Romeos, and except for a few breaks to get up and move around a little bit, and go to the bathroom, I kept […]

I Kept My Head Down

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 142019
 

“Keep your head down or you’ll get it blown off!” I can’t tell you how many times I heard drill sergeants and platoon leaders scream that at young soldiers when I was in Basic and Advanced Infantry Training. It’s a lesson that served me well and that I never forgot. It kind of goes along […]

It’s Done!

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 012019
 

As I had hoped, I finished my new book, Big Lake Ninja, yesterday afternoon. I started it on May 1st and finished June 30, exactly two months later. It might have been done sooner but we took a week or so off to visit my son and his wife in Alabama during that time. You […]

I’ll Get To Them

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 302019
 

I still have several stories to share with you from our trip to Alabama and Georgia a couple of weeks ago but they are going to require quite a bit of time to write and to sort through all the photographs to decide which ones to use. I’ve been busy working on trying to get […]

Jun 022019
 

As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, we had planned to stay home on Friday so I could get some writing done and Miss Terry could get back to her latest long-delayed weaving project. But then we ran out to do a couple of errands and the day got away from us. So we didn’t accomplish […]

Back At It

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
May 032019
 

With everything that has been going on in our lives lately there has not been a lot of time for writing or weaving, or much of anything else. But while Beverly has been in the hospital things are not quite as busy. We make the trip over to see her two or three times a […]